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Fri Jun 19, 2015 4:44 pm

Lots using Uniden, cobra and a few using Icom, had a Uniden thought it was a very god unit(still do), BUT after getting the Icom, I would suggest the icom is a better unit to date, The cobra sold by many, I know a couple of techno geeks in here had them and have had issues, so if they couldn't sort the problem, by memory was a Bluetooth issue, someone like me who cant start a dvd player has no chance, simple and reliable is good by me :|

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Fri Jun 19, 2015 6:47 pm

I have a uniden and was listening to Tuaranga harbour radio on Wednsday when out in the Firth, have a Cobra as well but haven't tried it yet.
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Fri Jun 19, 2015 6:50 pm

Just picked up a standard horizon hx290 this week. Seems to be a decent unit. Any one got any opinions?

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Sat Jun 20, 2015 9:17 am

If you on fb, search for cheapboats and fishing gear, there is a cobra hh500flt bt eu listed this morning for $150. Dale
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Thu Jun 25, 2015 9:32 am

poodle wrote:What are most of you using?
Handheld, even those with hardwired systems often carry a handheld as well, attach the handheld to your PFD (clip it on, put it in a pocket, etc) then when you need it most - such a a rescue situation - you have it on you and not the kayak - the kayak can't make the call to the Coastguard..!

It's not a toss up between a handheld and a fixed system, get the handheld, then you can look at adding a fixed system to your kayak later.
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Thu Jun 25, 2015 9:53 am

poodle wrote:On the same topic, am I better off with a handheld or boat mounted? I mainly fish within a couple of kms of shore but have been told that a 5kw handheld is only good for a km or so off shore.
I agree with Mental, always start with a handheld clipped to your person, then consider whether you need the extra performance of a more powerful fixed mount VHF.

At first glance the pricing of some fixed mount VHF's can look appealing, but antenna's are purchased seperately (not included in the price), power consumption goes up (you'll need more battery capacity to power sounder and VHF), and maintenance is required for the VHF, all connections, and the antenna to remain reliable. This isn't hard, but you can't just squirt with a hose and forget it, and expect it to remain reliable.
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Thu Jun 25, 2015 10:08 pm

I recently got a 6w uniden. Was one of the pricier models $300+ but works great and has good battery life. Btw I also turtled with the missus in our tandem and also knackered my iPhone 5. Front button was poked so Siri would spark up randomly at inconvenient times. Anyway dr mobiles in takapuna fixed it for $200 or so. Have a lifeproof case now.

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Fri Jun 26, 2015 11:14 am

Andy2014 wrote:I recently got a 6w uniden. Was one of the pricier models $300+ but works great and has good battery life. Btw I also turtled with the missus in our tandem and also knackered my iPhone 5. Front button was poked so Siri would spark up randomly at inconvenient times. Anyway dr mobiles in takapuna fixed it for $200 or so. Have a lifeproof case now.
I have been talking to the very friendly and knowledgeable guy at navcom and he absolutely rates ICOM. He is busy changing all the surf lifesaving clubs in otago from cobra to ICOM.
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Sat Jul 11, 2015 10:14 pm

awondering wrote:Lots using Uniden, cobra and a few using Icom, had a Uniden thought it was a very god unit(still do), BUT after getting the Icom, I would suggest the icom is a better unit to date, The cobra sold by many, I know a couple of techno geeks in here had them and have had issues, so if they couldn't sort the problem, by memory was a Bluetooth issue, someone like me who cant start a dvd player has no chance, simple and reliable is good by me :|
Which Icom unit do you have ?

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Mon Jul 13, 2015 12:08 pm

I think it's the M24 mate

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